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Helpers, Heroes and Liberators
Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

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Spring 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps, the death of Anne Frank, and end of World War II in Europe. To commemorate these monumental events which altered the course of history, The Anne Frank Center USA will present two special exhibitions and series of programs that honor the victims, survivors and “upstanders” of World War II—the helpers, heroes and liberators. By focusing on personal stories of Holocaust survivors and the righteous rescuers who helped so many, the Center will honor the memory and legacy of Anne Frank and all those who perished 70 years ago. These programs reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that new generations know this essential history and learn to apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today’s world.

All commemorative events are free for Holocaust survivors

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The Helpers of the Secret Annex
A new exhibition designed in conjunction with the Anne Frank House

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

May 6 – December 30, 2015

Exhibit can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Student and adult group tours available.
For more information, contact (212) 431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

Opening reception Wednesday, May 6, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
The exhibition will be officially opened by Rob de Vos, Consul General of the Netherlands

The Anne Frank Center USA’s newly designed exhibition focuses on the brave individuals who provided food, clothing, medicine, books and magazines for the eight people hiding in the Secret Annex and who maintained the business of Otto Frank for two years. The exhibition will include letters, photos, artifacts, slides, large framed exhibit panels, and filmed interviews with Otto Frank.

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The Day We Left Hitler Behind: The Story and Legacy of the Kindertransport
Talk and Film Screening, part of AFC’s Human Rights film series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday May 19 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5
*All commemorative events in 2015 are free for Holocaust survivors.

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

A program with Tom Wysmuller, the grand-nephew of Geertruida Wijsmuller-meijer, Dutch war hero and resistance fighter. The program will include a screening of the Academy Award winning documentary Into the Arms of Strangers.

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The Great Fire:
A Special Program with author Lou Ureneck to mark the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Tuesday May 26 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

adults $8 and seniors/students $5

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

The Great Fire: One American’s Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide tells the harrowing story of a Methodist Minister and a principled American naval officer who helped rescue more than 250,000 refugees during the genocide of Armenian and Greek Christians. By turns harrowing and inspiring, The Great Fire uses eyewitness accounts, documents, and survivor narratives to bring this episode—extraordinary for its brutality as well as its heroism—to life. This remarkable new book explores the bravery, morality, and politics of the time, and is published to coincide with the genocide’s centennial.

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Women, War and Peace
Talk and Film Screening, part of AFC’s Human Rights film series

Part of the Helpers, Heroes and Liberators season*
commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe

Tuesday June 9 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Free and open to the public

Space limited. Reservations recommended.

212-431-7993 or email info@annefrank.com

In advance of Malala Day in July, The Anne Frank Center USA will present a special program focusing on the impact of armed conflict on women and women’s role in peace-building. This event will include a special screening of the documentary short Poder, which tells the powerful story of girl-led change in Guatemala. The film will be introduced by Nicole Lordi, Senior Program & Research Analyst for Let Girls Lead.

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